Volunteering
Find out more about how you can fundraise for Cintre, make a difference, and help us to do even more for our service users.

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience, make friends, and make a difference to the groups and indiviuals that we support.

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

  • Activity volunteers can help adults get online at our IT skills sessions, get growing in our gardening group or cook up a storm with our lunch clubs.
  • Social Care students can apply to complete work placements with our residential or community support services.
  • Admin and Marketing volunteers can help out at our offices, write content for our website, and take photos at events.

If you would like more information please see our volunteering brochure or send us an email.

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Please see below volunteering opportunities.

Role: SUF Volunteer Co-ordinator 

The Project: SUF (Service User Forum)

SUF is a service user led group, which provides attendees with an environment where they are able to integrate and formulate social relationships and which aims to ensure respect and consideration of all group members. The SUF organises meetings and trips (based on the outcome of the vote from the meeting).

SUF is something that has developed to become important to members through providing structure, an opportunity to take on a role of responsibility as well as allowing members to formulate social relationships with other members thus reducing isolation. Members getting to vote and have a say in the key decisions that take place within the Forum is of crucial importance, giving a platform which allows for all service users voices to be heard and for their ideas to be respected and acted upon where possible. Working collaboratively and being conscientious of others is one of the many elements that has become part of the framework of meetings, and is upheld by members.

 

Support Required:

You will support the SUF co-ordinator to manage the meetings and facilitate the trips

 

Hours and level of commitment required:

Meeting twice a month to attend and support the SUF meeting for 2 hours one week and to attend and support the chosen trip for up to 8 hours one week.

Due to the number of service users that attend this we would require a committed and dedicated volunteer for this forum.

 

Desirable skills required:

Innovation, patience, effective listening skills, strong communication skills

 

Role: Creative Art Volunteer Co-ordinator

The Project: Cintre Art Group

 

The Cintre Art Group is a relaxed and creative group, which provides attendees with a creative outlet and a chance to socialise. We have tried a number of different activities including working with salt dough, painting, drawing, marbling and card-making. The service users are involved in deciding which activities they might enjoy next, and there is a lot of flexibility in what they can do.

 

Support Required:

You will support the Creative Art Group Co-ordinator to manage the activity and help the service users during the session. You will also be integral in coming up with ideas for future plans and ideas of what arty challenges the group turn their hands to next!

 

Hours and level of commitment required:

Meeting once a week for 2 hours (1.5hour session, 15 mins either side for prep and tidying away/tea in the café). The activity is at the Greenways Centre.

 

Desirable skills required:

Creativity, patience, effective listening skills, good communicator, friendly and positive.

 

 

 

Role: Games Group Volunteer Co-ordinator

 

The Project: Cintre Games Group

 

The Cintre Games Group is a relaxed and fun group who play board games and socialise. We alternate between two different venues: one is the games café ‘Chance and Counters’ in Bristol, and the other is Cintre House in Clifton, one of the residences which Cintre run.

During the visits to the games café, the service users are able to try a huge variety of different games. There is also a café so service users can purchase food or drink, and the staff at the games café are able to teach new games. This is a great opportunity for service users to get out into the community and to try something new.

On the games afternoons hosted at Cintre House, we have tried a variety of different games tailored to different abilities and interests. Some favourites include hangman, connect four, yahtzee, a quiz, and pool/ snooker. This is more of a relaxed atmosphere for service users and there is free tea and coffee available (and sometimes snacks). 

 

Support Required:

You will support the games group co-ordinator to manage the activity and help the service users during the session.

 

Hours and level of commitment required:

Meeting once a week for 2.5 hours (alternate weeks at the café and at Cintre House).

 

Desirable skills required:

Enthusiasm, patience, strong communication skills, friendly and fun personality!

 

 

 Role: Outdoor Activity Engagement Volunteer

 

The Project: Cintre Outdoor Activities

 

Cintre hold a variety of Outdoor Activities to encourage our service users to get out and move around. These activities are part of Cintre’s commitment to promote Health Living. These activities include;

 

A Walking Group which meets once a week on a Thursday. The group explore different areas of Bristol each walk and the walks are generally suitable for all abilities. The walks usually end with a cuppa and a plan for the next adventure

 

A Badminton Group which meets once a week on a Monday. This is facilitated by one of our residential properties, Cintre House. The group will play a friendly game of Badminton.

 

A Football Match which is held monthly, both service users and staff participate.

 

We are also looking to expand our outdoor activities so we would welcome anybody who has some ideas and the gusto to help us make it happen!

 

Support Required:

You will support the activity co-ordinator to manage the activity and support the service users during the session.

 

Hours and level of commitment required:

Walking Group is weekly and would be for approximately 2 hours on a Thursday afternoon

Football Match would be approximately 2 hours each month on a Wednesday afternoon but there would also be an opportunity to be involved in some of the planning during the other weeks

Badminton is weekly and would be approximately 2 hours on a Monday afternoon

 

Desirable skills required:

 

An interest in outdoor activities and willingness to join in is a must, motivation, encouragement, patience, friendly and approachable

 

Role: Horticulture Engagement Volunteer

 

The Project: The Gardening Group

 

The Gardening Group is in its second phase after a lot of work was undertaken last year to prepare the land within our Supported Living service, InVia based in Kingswood, Bristol. The group have spent time building flower beds from scratch and have recently planted items such as potatoes, onions, garlic and beetroot in the ground whilst also planting green, runner and French beans, and butternut squash seeds in our polytunnel to germinate before they are also planted. This produce will then be used within our cooking club and also offered to staff in exchange for donations which will go back to the gardening group for future projects.

The next stages of the group are to build a shed, plant some fruit trees, make some hanging baskets and paint our fence.

 

Support Required:

You will support the Horticulture Co-ordinators to manage the activity and support the service users during the session. This will include being involved in the task of gardening so wearing appropriate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty is a must.

 

Hours and level of commitment required:

The Gardening Group meet weekly on a Tuesday Afternoon and it is held at our Supported Living Service, InVia. The group runs for two hours

 

Desirable skills required:

An interest in gardening and willingness to join in is a must, motivation, encouragement, patience, friendly and approachable

 

If might be something that interests you, then apply to volunteer by clicking here. We would love to hear from you!”

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Find out more about other ways to get involved.

We are always looking for new full-time and part-time staff to join our team. Find out how you could make a difference working in one of our services or as part of our management team in our head office. 

We enter teams and individuals into national fundraising activities, and we also organise our own events in Bristol and the surrounding area. Find out how you can get involved and help to raise funds for Cintre today.

We are always interested in hearing from businesses and other non-profit organisations who might be interested in working together, whether on specific projects or longer term towards jointly agreed goals.